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February 20, 2020

Becky Hill

Play, Play, Play to Learn Multiplication Facts

Topics: Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

Play to Learn Multiplication Facts

Learning multiplication facts can be a mundane task. Finding ways to learn the facts, while eliminating stress, is ideal!

There are so many different games and fun activities that can be utilized while your child learning multiplication facts. Learning multiplication facts should not be stressful. Teach your child how to play their way to success.

Play to Learn Multiplication Facts

Roll 'N Multiply

Roll ‘n Multiply is very similar to Connect Four. The game comes with a pair of 10-sided dice. Each player takes turns rolling the dice and multiplying the numbers. Multiplication facts through 10s are covered. The game comes with chips that feature a different color on each side.

This is a two-player game where each player chooses a color. A player rolls the dice, multiplies the numbers, picks the chip from the container that matches the answer, and then, places the chip on the board. Multiplication facts are practiced over and over again. Each player also learns strategy as each try to be the first to connect four chips in a row. The game plays quickly and is an excellent resource to practice facts.

Herd Your Horses

Any board game can be potentially used to create fun, creative educational opportunities. I live in Wyoming, and in our area, horses are well-loved, and rodeo is a popular sport. I found some horse-themed playing cards at our local museum. Recently, I combined the playing cards with the board game, Herd Your Horses.

The board game comes with horse cards, much like baseball cards. Before we played the game, I wrote on each horse card (the horse cards that come with the board game, not the playing cards) a small number, e.g., 3, 4, 5, 6. To begin the game, flip over two playing cards to give the multiplication problem. Jacks equal 11. Queens equal 12. Kings equal 13. Aces equal 1. Jokers equal 0. If the player gets the problem correct, move one space.

Herd Your Horses - Play to Learn Multiplication Facts

Eventually, the players will land on a spot on the game board where they will collect the horse cards that come with the game. When the player collects a horse, refer to the number written on the back. (The number I wrote on the back before the game began.) The player moves that many spaces. The idea is to move along the track faster. A simple die can be used for this purpose as well. There are spots on the gameboard where an adventure card is drawn. These cards present scenarios involving horses on ranches or in the wild.

Sometimes a player will be directed to return a horse to the deck. Sometimes a player will be directed to draw another horse from the deck. When the end of the path is reached, the player with the most horses, wins. The boys that played this game with me went WILD with excitement, and the whole time we were reviewing math facts. The boys didn’t want the game to end, and they found a spot on the game board where they could circle multiple times to collect more horses.

Children begging to continue playing a multiplication game is definitely a victory! Multiplication facts through the 13s are practiced over and over again. If your child isn’t ready for 13’s, take the Kings out. If 0s are too easy, take the Jokers out. Finding a game that children love, while practicing math facts, is the goal.

There is no reason for frustration or tears when there are so many games on the market. Most games can be tweaked just a little bit to create a fun, happy, educational environment. A little imagination is all that is needed.

Math Dice Chase

Math-Dice-Chase-Play to Learn Multiplication FactsMath Dice Chase is a game produced by ThinkFun, and this game is less than $10. This
game reminds me of Hot Potato. Three players are needed. Two of the players are given a pair of dice to begin the game. At the same time, the players roll the dice and answer the multiplication problems. Once the answer is given, each player quickly passes the dice to the next player around the circle or table. If a player gets stuck with both sets of dice, they are OUT. The instructions are easy to follow, and this game was definitely a huge hit with the boys that played with me, well-worth the money spent. Facts through 12 are practiced over and over again.
 

 

Conclusion

The goal in any academic setting is happy, confident, competent children. For some children, games reduce stress and create an environment where learning is fun. Building a game closet is relatively simple. Thrift stores are a great place to start. Amazon and eBay have used options as well. eBay will sometimes have no shipping fees. I have hundreds of games that I use in tutoring, and I have rarely paid over $5-$7. Most games in thrift stores, or the used option online, come complete. If games do come with a missing piece or two, the game can be fixed with supplies around the house. Collecting games is a very affordable hobby. Most games can be tweaked to create a fun environment where children can learn. Remember a few key words. No tears. No fear. Raise children who run into the future with confidence to learn new things.

I was compensated for this blog post but the opinions are my own.

Author's Bio

Screen Shot 2019-08-15 at 8.29.51 AMBecky Hill lives in Green River, Wyoming, with her husband of 29 years. She has 3 grown children and 2 grand dogs. Becky earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 1990. She earned a Biblical Studies Certificate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Deerfield, Illinois, in 1993. Becky began homeschooling two of her children unexpectedly 13 years ago. Despite many challenges along the way, Becky creatively enabled both of her children to succeed. While her homeschooling adventures are over, she loves tutoring children and helping them to conquer subjects with no fear. Her specialty is mathematics. One of her favorite hobbies is creatively incorporating games into tutoring. The goal, she believes, is no tears, no fear, and a competent, confident, and happy child. She has a FacebookInstagram, and Twitter page called “The Happy Math Nerd."

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